Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
He is still a little self-conscious about being out in public. He doesn't want anyone to see his fingers just yet. We are going to go to Canyon tonight to see Wellington and Canadian play football and this will be the first time he has been around anyone. I know he will get lots of questions about how he is. He knows everyone.....and I'm not exaggerating much!! Erynn calls him the mayor because he knows everyone!
I want to thank everyone again for all of the calls and inquiries about Tony. He really has a lot of friends and people who care about him. He was very appreciative of all of the concern.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Tony had an accident on Thurs. afternoon around 5:30. He was working on a fence and trying to finish. He only had about 10 ft. left and this was to be his last fence until next summer. He was splitting a picket with a table saw and in a split second something went wrong and his hand got cut by the saw. The saw took off his middle finger at the knuckle and damaged the other 3. His thumb was spared. The guy helping him with the fence, Travoy, saw what happened and immediately drove him to the ER. He called me from the ER and said he had Tony there and that he had lost a couple of fingers. I'm thinking he's just kidding around, but he said he was dead serious. So I get Erynn to call her Mom, Lynsi, who is a nurse at the clinic and told her to go see about her Dad and that I would be right there. Erynn told Lynsi that T-pa had cut his hand, so when Lynsi got there, she was expecting a cut, but he pulled out his hand and she saw the missing fingers and was shocked!
Dr. Henderson and Kate took good care of him and Lynsi helped them out. Of course Tony was still making jokes in the ER. He takes things pretty well. They called Lubbock and told them he was coming and then Jake and Zach put him in the ambulance and took him to the airport to be put on a plane and sent to Lubbock. When they got to Lubbock, they rode on the ambulance with him from the airport to the hospital. They didn't have to do that and he appreciated it. When he got to the hospital, Randal and James, Tony's bosses, along with Randal's wife Kelly were waiting on him. They stayed until I got there.
I was trying to get things together and I had Tony's phone and my phone and they were both ringing and I couldn't even think about what I was doing. Erynn packed my bag for me and Lynsi came in and started answering the phones. Travoy got my car ready and went to feed the animals. Joe, Erika and Bailey went with me to Lubbock so I wouldn't have to drive by myself. There are lots of deer on that road and it was dark. I do not know my way around Lubbock, so I had Randal on the phone trying to get me to the hospital. We finally got there right after they had taken him to surgery. Tony's brother Rickey and their Mom got there a few minutes after we did.
The surgery took about 2 hours. This young Dr. came out and explained everything they did to each finger. He was very nice and friendly. He made a joke and said, I hope he's a Longhorn fan because he'll have a permanent 'hook-em Horns' sign. Tony has yet to see the main surgeon. Apparently he is an important and great surgeon so he just does the surgery and his assistants talk to the family and make the rounds at the hospital.
The middle finger was gone at the site. They couldn't save the ring finger. It was too damaged. The index finger had some nerve damage and they think they fixed it ok so that he will be able to grip. The pinky is iffy. It had a lot of damage, but they think they repaired it good enough so that he will be able to use it. They will just have to wait and see on that one.
When he got to the hospital, he didn't have anything with him so he didn't have his insurance card. I guess since they didn't have any insurance information, they assumed he didn't have any and put him in a double room. We thought we were going to get out the next day, so didn't think about asking for a private room, but we ended up staying 3 nights there. It was horrible with someone else in the room. Tony couldn't get much sleep because of all the visitors the other guy had, plus this guy was in a band, so he brought his guitar and played it right in the room. We were both so ready to get out of there! I got a motel room each night, so I did get sleep, but poor Tony had to put up with this guy. I'm so thankful we are home now.
We got to come home on Sunday afternoon. The ride was a little rough on him, but he made it ok. He has had so many visitors, calls, emails, and comments, it's unreal. He has had people all over asking about him. Word travels fast these days with the internet and cell phones.
He is suppose to leave on Thurs to go to NM on a hunting trip. He has had this planned for a year now and it was all paid for. He is really upset about not getting to go and he was thinking that he would not get any money back, but luckily someone is taking his place and came over yesterday and gave him the money. So at least he is not out that much money and there will always be other hunting trips.
I don't know how long he will be out of work, but he works for the best company and I know they will support him every step of the way. It will be a long road ahead, but he will make it. He has always had a good attitude and he has a lot of support from family and many, many friends!
Monday, October 19, 2009
I received this email and I thought everyone could use a laugh today since it is Monday. The scary thing about this is that some of these things are true for me!
A new sign in the Bank Lobby reads:
"Please note that this Bank is installing new Drive-through ATM machines enabling customers to withdraw cash without leaving their vehicles. Customers using this new facility are requested to use the procedures outlined below when accessing their accounts.
After months of careful research, MALE and FEMALE procedures have been developed.
Please follow the appropriate steps for your gender:
1. Drive up to the cash machine.
2. Put down your car window.
3. Insert card into machine and enter PIN.
4. Enter amount of cash required and withdraw.
5. Retrieve card, cash and receipt.
6. Put window up.
7. Drive off.
1. Drive up to cash machine.
2. Reverse and back up the required amount to align car window with the machine.
3. Set parking brake, put the window down.
4. Find handbag, remove all contents on to passenger seat to locate card.
5. Tell person on cell phone you will call them back and hang up.
6. Attempt to insert card into machine.
7. Open car door to allow easier access to machine due to its excessive distance from the car.
8. Insert card.
9. Re-insert card the right way.
10. Dig through handbag to find diary with your PIN written on the inside back page.
11. Enter PIN.
12. Press cancel and re-enter correct PIN.
13. Enter amount of cash required.
14. Check makeup in rear view mirror.
15. Retrieve cash and receipt.
16. Empty handbag again to locate wallet and place cash inside.
17. Write debit amount in check register and place receipt in back of checkbook.
18. Re-check makeup.
19. Drive forward 2 feet.
20. Reverse back to cash machine.
21. Retrieve card.
22. Re-empty hand bag, locate card holder, and place card into the slot provided.
23. Give dirty look to irate male driver waiting behind you.
24. Restart stalled engine and pull off.
25. Redial person on cell phone.
26. Drive for 2 to 3 miles.
27. Release Parking Brake.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
White House aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the Senator.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Most people are thinking about the tragedy that happened on this date 8 years ago. While I also think about it and am sad that it happened, there is another reason that I remember this date. It's Tony's birthday. It's not a good thing to have to share it with something so sad. So I'm not going to talk about the tragedy, instead, I'll talk about Tony.
He's worked for South Plains electric for 20 years and I've said this before but he is the hardest worker I know. I've even demanded that he quit doing fences after his regular job, but when someone calls and wants a fence, he can't seem to tell them no. I told him from now on to make them come through me and I'll tell them no!
We've been married for 30 years. He's a good husband, father, son, friend, uncle, brother, and especially T-pa. He loves his grandkids and will do just about anything for them. The boys love to go hunting with him...they can't get enough of that. Someday, he will be taking Jacob along too...no matter what his Mom might say!! He has 8 bird dogs that he takes hunting and a few months ago he finally got a new toy that he's been wanting for a long time...a Polaris Ranger. All the kids like to ride in the Ranger and he sometimes takes them all the way to the farm in it. He is taking it and his bird dogs on a 12-day hunt in November to New Mexico...that's his birthday present to himself!
Erynn said he's like the mayor...he knows everyone. He does know everyone and if he's met you once, then he will always know you and call you by name. If you see Tony today, wish him a happy birthday. He will probably tell you how old he is, but I'm not because we are the same age!!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
For example...after the very first day of school, I was really tired and just wanted to come home and rest. I keep my grandkids after school until their Mom gets off work, so as soon as I pulled in the driveway, I get a call from Erynn (she is always the one in charge and does the calling)...anyway, she says, "Nana, come to the public library" I said,"What for Erynn, I'm tired!" and she just persisted as always, "Nana, come down here now, we need you. " (She's the boss of me!) So I back out and go down the street to the public library and see Erick, Bailey and Erynn putting their bikes in the bike rack. I pull up there and Erynn runs over to tell me that they need me inside. So I park, get out and go in...not knowing what they were doing. So when I get in there, they tell me that they need an adult to be there when they get their library cards. Now they've had ALL summer to get a public library card so that they could read and watch movies and not be bored...but NO...they choose the first day of school when I just got home and am exhausted. I just don't understand these little people!
I don't understand why they are not tired after school. Why don't they want to go home and just rest and watch tv?? Why do they have to be doing something all the time....I mean, all I want to do is go home and rest and watch tv...is that so hard for them to do??? Is it because I'm old??? Nevermind!!
Now, back to the books......they get books that require making or doing something. Why can't they get a book that they actually read! Bailey got a book called 'Salt Dough Projects'....so even though they've been at school all day doing papers and doing projects, they want to make something that makes a mess right after school. And the thing is, they won't take no for an answer. Or my 'no's' mean nothing to them!! So I just left them in the kitchen to do it themselves....I went to lie down and watch Jeopardy!! I give up...I'm outnumbered and outsmarted when it comes to these little people!!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
My granddaughter Erynn, 8, was wanting to drink one of my diet drinks yesterday and I said, "how am I suppose to lose weight if you drink my diet drinks?" And she said, "Nana, you don't need to lose weight" and I was thinking awwww.....she is sweet, then she continued, "you're 50, it doesn't matter what you weigh. We are just glad you are alive!"